Olga Boldyreff

Someone sits next to you on the train. Will the person remain anonymous? Often not a word is exchanged, or even a glance. Sometimes you get personal outpourings, or a life-story complete with pictures of the grandchildren. Olga Boldyreff (1957) cherishes these kinds of open situations in which unexpected and coincidental encounters may take place. Her work is linked to places, situations and the people she encounters on her way. It is not the outcome itself that is important but the whole process that leads to the - always temporary - result.

Olga Boldyreff was born in France in 1957 after her parents were exiled from Russia. Her mixed Russian-French descent could partly explain her nomadic way of life. She does not allow herself to be tied down to one place, identity or artistic discipline. Her work includes texts, drawings, performances and installations. Moreover, in her art she integrates techniques associated with folk art and typically 'feminine' forms of handcraft such as pyrography, embroidery, knitting and spool-knitting. In this way she questions the division between so-called 'high' and 'low' art. Moreover, by using these folk techniques, she injects a certain homeliness and intimacy into public spaces and official art institutions. The thread might be seen as the central metaphor in her work, in which there is a constant subtle linking of places, people, stories and a wide variety of social practices.

For the CIAP exhibition, Olga Boldyreff created an ensemble of new work resulting from performances in and around Hasselt: Nomadic Chair Hasselt, the embroidered Super Dress and City Map Dress Hasselt, and a series of mural drawings entitled Walking. She also presented a sculptural dress made from gold thread that evokes her Russian origins. 

- Peter Pollers


13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
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